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Humphry Clinker

Tobias Smollett - Author

Jeremy Lewis - Introduction by

Shaun Regan - Notes by

Angus Ross - Editor

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ISBN 9780141441429 | 496 pages | 30 Dec 2008 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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The eighteenth-century picaresque masterpiece- now in a new edition

A triumph of English satire, Humphry Clinker was published just three months prior to its author's death in 1771. At its heart is Matthew Bramble, a gout-ridden misanthrope who travels Britain with his nephew, niece, spinster sister, and manservant, the trusty Humphry Clinker. In a narrative peopled with pimps, drunkards, and con men, Bramble's pessimistic views on the world's degeneracy- and his eagerness to express them-betray the author's belief that his countrymen were suffering from an acute lack of sense and sobriety. Boisterous and keenly observant, Humphry Clinker is a delicious send-up of eighteenth-century society.